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Drawing in Museums: Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery - In Person

6 Session Weekend Studio Arts Course

6 sessions from May 6 to June 17, 2023
Code: 1V00RU
Donald W. Reynolds Center for
American Art and Portraiture
Kogod Courtyard, 8th & F St NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
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Residents of the greater Washington, D.C., area have an abundance of riches in the many museums close by. Spend Saturday afternoons developing your rendering and composition skills by drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Guided by instructor Paul Glenshaw, students begin by learning the art of copying, which focuses on the way an artist created a particular work, not simply making a facsimile. They then delve into drawing classical sculptures, which make ideal models for drawing exercises and aid in honing figure-drawing skills.

An introduction to drawing in public, this class is designed for the strong beginner, intermediate, or advanced student who has taken a previous drawing class or has equivalent drawing experience. A list of supplies is available for downloading.

The first session meets in the Kogod Courtyard at the center of the joint museum complex.

Special Program Information

  • The instructor is Paul Glenshaw.
  • This program includes 6 sessions, 2.5 hours each.
  • Class will not be held on May 27.
  • This program meets at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, DC that includes the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery collections.
  • NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, May 5, 2023.
  • World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

General Information

  • This studio arts program is in person and will not be recorded.
  • All Studio Arts programs require an online ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student registered for the online program.
  • Please refer to the "Materials for this program" section for any applicable supply list information and/or special documents for this program.
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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.